The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority is one of the 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. It has jurisdiction over watersheds of all streams draining into the Thames River from Delaware to Lake St. Clair. The Southern boundary includes the watersheds of streams draining into Lake Erie, from the Talbot Creek watershed in the east, to the Two Creeks watershed in the west. Total area 3,275 square kilometres (1,264 square miles) and is home to 99,401 people. There are 10 member municipalities.

COVID-19 LTVCA Practices and Procedures: 

LTVCA follows all COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Now in Step 3 of Ontario’s Reopening.

Please be advised that the LTVCA Administration Office at 100 Thames St. in Chatham and the Resource Centre at Longwoods Road Conservation Area are closed to the public until further notice. Phones may not be answered, but messages are being retrieved.  Staff are available preferably via email, and email addresses for all staff may be found in our STAFF DIRECTORY.  All departments will continue to provide services to the public. Conservation Authority staff will be reporting to work or working remotely during this time and members of the public are asked to communicate with employees by telephone or email.

Administration Office – 519-354-7310 (Please follow menu prompts)

Longwoods Road CA Resource Centre – 519-264-2420

PURCHASING SOMETHING FROM THE LTVCA?  IN LIGHT OF COVID-19, we are not accepting in person purchases or payments.

Please email your purchase request to one of the following:




DO NOT EMAIL credit card information, staff will contact you via email and send an invoice for online payment, unless you prefer to be contacted by phone (please ensure you have included your phone number in your email). For those who prefer to pay by cheque, you may mail your cheque and order form to – 100 Thames Street, Chatham ON N7L 2Y8.

Face to face meetings will be limited to specific engagements arranged by staff in advance. LTVCA staff will continue to participate in meetings through alternative means including teleconference and webinar. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause however, the health and safety of staff and our communities is of paramount importance.

LTVCA’s Campgrounds Open for Overnight, Transient Camping Friday June 11

OUR CONSERVATION AREAS REMAIN OPEN FOR DAY USE TO THE PUBLIC WITH LIMITED SERVICES/FACILITIES.  Please remember to social distance and wearing a mask is recommended.  

Public washrooms are open and drinking water is now available.

    – schedule your trail use to avoid times of high use, conservation areas are generally open from 9 a.m. until sunset 7 days a week.
    – maintain your social distance of minimum 2 metres
    – no group interaction
    – maximum outdoor social gatherings 100 people

    – single file activity only
    – wear a mask outdoors if you cannot social distance 2 metres
    – when passing people, step as far to the side as possible and pass on the left
    – expect and respect other users
    – keep all pets on a leash and pick up after your pet
    – remove all your litter and pet litter from the conservation area – there are no garbage cans on site
    – abide by all Conservation Area Regulations



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Camping reservations open for the 2021 season on March 1, 2021 at 9 a.m.

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Sharon Creek Conservation Area only

Pay for Day Use Parking

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Current Watershed Conditions

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LTVCA Offices Closed Monday August 2 for Civic Holiday

LTVCA Offices Closed Monday August 2 for Civic Holiday

Events in our  Conservation Areas this Summer

Events in our Conservation Areas this Summer

There will be some exciting new events we are trying out in our conservation areas this summer.  Check them out here!
Species at Risk Chatham-Kent – LTVCA Partnership  

Species at Risk Chatham-Kent – LTVCA Partnership  

Chatham-Kent, ON - On April 26, 2021 Councillor Anthony Ceccacci made a Motion to Council to address turtle and reptile road crossings – part of a joint campaign between the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) and the Municipality of Chatham – Kent.  “I am thankful for […]